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Children model how the Moon’s volcanic period reshaped its earlier features.  The children consider that the broad, shallow impact basins — which had formed earlier while it was a “kid Moon” — contained cracks through which magma seeped up. Children use Rice Krispies Treats® to create a...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Published in 2014
"This PDF has students using a light and foam ball to demonstrate the changing phases of the moon. During the activity, students are encouraged to use scientific terms, like """"""""waxing"""""""" and """"""""waning-"""""""" to describe which phase the ball is in. This modeling activity can be the...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Making direct observations of the moon's changing shape throughout the month is an important part of understanding the pattern of moon phases. This journal activity can serve as a way for students to record their observations of the moon over time. The detail in their illustrations are not as...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The moon goes around the Earth in about 29 days. During that time different amounts of it are visible. These are called the phases of the moon. In this activity, students will use a model to explore what causes the phases to occur.
Grade Level   5 6
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"In this 1-hour activity, children, ages 8 to 13, portray our Moon's remarkable beginnings through a giant impact. Children color images of the latest scientific data depicting the Moon's formation to create their own comic strips of our Moon's birth. The children use different-colored balls of...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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"Children ages 8 to 13 are faced with a challenge to determine the truth about the Moon's influence on Earth. They think like a scientist -- with reasoning skills and a healthy amount of skepticism -- to sort puzzle pieces containing statements about the Moon into two images. The """"Far-out Far...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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In this 10-minute investigation, children ages 10 to 13 use a penny and a quarter to model that the Moon does indeed spin on its axix as it orbits the Earth.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Students learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out. In 30 minutes, they will act out one complete 30-day cycle.
Grade Level   1 2 3 4 5 6
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Data gathering is a starting point for model building. With this material, students have an opportunity to gather data that will later be explained by their EMS model. Students compile data for a complete cycle of Moon phases (28 days). This should elicit the idea that observation is a major part of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The students create kinesthetic models of the Sun and Moon in the sky to better understand the relationshop between lunar phases and the time of day.
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Explore the Moon... discover its dramatic features and phenomena -- often beautiful, sometimes bizarre, always changing. Inconstant Moon will take you on a new tour each night, with maps, photos, explanations, animations, selected links, and even music! Inconstant Moon is intended as both an...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this 30-minute activity, children ages 7 and up, and their families go outside on a clear evening and view the sky to see the Moon for themselves. Using sky charts and other resources, and possibly in partnership with a local astronomical society, children navigate the Moon's impact craters, flat...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this 10-minute demonstration or 30-minute activity, children ages 8-13 investigate the source of the Moon's light. They consider a ball, wrapped in aluminum foil, and experiment with a flashlight to make it appear bright. The children compare the foil-wrapped ball to a Moon globe and discover...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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The animation archived on this page shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Until the end of 2013, the initial Dial-A-Moon image will be the frame from this animation for the current hour.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Emily Morgan, author of Next Time You See the Moon, takes you through the phases of the Moon in a demonstration that will be easy to replicate in your own classroom. 
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2012
From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn't always look like this. Thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon's history. Learn more in this video!
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The Moon is made of cheese... no! Rice Krispies treats! Children ages 8 to 13 discover that the Moon, like Earth, is made up of layers of different materials through this 45-minute activity. They work in teams to make models of the interiors of the Moon and Earth. Common food items are used to...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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Take a field trip to the moon with these activities! Included are companion guides, teacher guides, and field trip worksheets.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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"In this activity, students use a light source, a polystyrene ball, and their bodies to model solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, and the revolution and rotation of the moon. By observing their models of these phenomena in three dimensions, reality-checking with their notes of their...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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